I love Twitter.
It is the social network I check most frequently. The microblogging tool allows you to follow anyone else who Tweets–friends, colleagues, experts, authors, organizations, journals, news agencies, businesses, and more. Tweeters’ posts are limited to 140 characters. Posts can range from breaking news, to discoveries of new and amazing links and applications, to who is saying what at an important keynote, to where to meet or what you ate for lunch.
Tweeters around the world are now sharing portraits of their followers, courtesy of Twitter Mosaic, a new tool created by Walter Higgins. (See the lovely group picture way below.) You are welcome to explore my mosaic and possibly discover people you’d like to follow on your own network.
My mosaic inspired a bit of nostalgia. It got me thinking about how long (in Web time) it took me to develop a network that offered meaningful ideas and guidance and some laughs.
So I thought I’d share a few of my personal favorite tools for making the Twitter experience more thrilling.
Twitter in Plain English This Common Craft video is perfect for explaining the microblogging service to the uninitiated or unconvinced. Great for inservices!
For network building:
- Twitter4Teachers: Gina Hartman created this wiki to help educators find other educators on Twitter that have the same interests as them (that teach in the same content area). Check out the list of educators on the pages linked below and add your Twitter name to the appropriate list too.
- Twitter WhoShouldIFollow Enter your Twitter username and the site offers suggestions of like-minded folks you might like to follow. Suggestions are based on profiles of the people you already follow.
- Twellow allows you to search for people with like interests by category.
- Tweet Wheel allows you to visually discover which of your followers know each other. The larger your network the longer it will take to generate your wheel.
For post searching:
For the iPhone:
I use Tweetie (a modest $2.99 at the app store) to check Twitter on my iPhone.
For discovering many more Twitter tools:
- Mashable’s Twittermania 140+ More Twitter Tools
- Mashable’s Twitter Toolbox: 60 + Twitter Tools
- WebTips Twitter Tools
- Top Twitter Tools for 2009
If your networks are growing as out of control as mine, consider aggregating them. I am now in love with FriendFeed. I can now view recent action on all of my networks on one page and decide which need visiting most.
Here’s my Twitter Mosaic